Obsessed with the future of TV

This is a notebook about television, internet video, and what the next living room will be. It's an outline powered by Fargo. The editor of Glass is Zach Seward; the lead developer is Sam Williams.

The name is an argument: that media are best understood as competition for attention on screens connected to the internet. Phones, tablets, laptops, monitors, television sets—it's all just glass.

  • Confirmed: HBO is remastering The Wire in high-definition (but you'll have to wait for it).
      • A spokesman for the premium network just confirmed a rumor that David Simon's epic series will be re-released in HD. "We were planning a September marathon of re-mastered episodes, but unfortunately the episodes are still being reviewed and weren’t ready to launch," the spokesman wrote in an email.
      • No official word, but it's a good bet that the remastered version will also be available on HBO Go—but won't be available on Amazon Prime, which has the streaming rights to lots of old HBO shows, including the regular version of The Wire.
      • The Wire was shot with a 16x9 aspect ratio, but edited to 4x3. As an old piece about the show's cinematography explained:
      • The Wire for each of its five seasons has been produced in good old fashioned 4 x 3 standard definition. DP Dave Insley recalled, "The reason the show has stayed 4x3 is because David Simon thinks that 4x3 feels more like real life and real television and not like a movie. The show's never been HD, even 4x3 HD and that (SD) is how it is on the DVDs. There is no 16x9 version anywhere."
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